Roma ISD Breaks Ground on New JROTC Building, Added Band Hall Facilities
Students, staff and community members gathered recently to celebrate the groundbreaking of the newest facility planned for Roma High School - a JROTC Building and added bathroom and changing facilities for the Roma High School Band Hall. The completion of the project in August 2020 will bring to fruition the promises to the community of the 2015 bond election. The total cost of the building project is budgeted at $2.5 million.
“The time has come to say goodbye to the trailers that provided us many good times and memories. This has been my second home. Sometimes I would walk up the sidewalk and see a trailer park, but it was our trailer park – it had meaning,” said Roma High School JROTC Program Student Cadet LTC Jose “Tony” Alfaro. “While the construction of the building will be in progress, that doesn’t mean it will set us back. And that’s one thing about progress, sometimes you have to say goodbye to one thing to start anew. They say good things come to those who wait and the wait it finally over. Thank you very much.”
Until recently, the Roma High JROTC Program was housed in trailers that will be moved away for construction on the same location at the high school. The JROTC program has tripled in size during the past five years and added many new activities and programs. The new building provides the program with a permanent facility with the ability to continue growing the program's classes, offerings and competitions, including robotics and other STEM and fitness classes recommended by the National JROTC Program.
In addition, the architects overseeing the JROTC Building Project were able to configure the new building to be placed against the current Band Hall to add on bathroom and changing facilities. The Roma High Band has grown from 130 members to over 200 members, so there was a desperate need to add these facilities for the benefit of the students and continued growth of the program.
“I can assure on behalf of the Mighty Gladiator Band that these facilities are very needed and will be taken care of. We appreciate that everyone is allowing this project to move forward,” expressed Roma High School Band Program Student Carlos Saenz. “To us, this addition symbolizes a community that believe in us and provides opportunity for us. It symbolizes a community of administration, teachers and parents that place emphasis on a well-rounded education. Thank you for your support of the Band Program.”
“I want to thank our students, parents, teachers, staff and community members for the patience they have shown while the district has planned out and executed our bond projects. It is sometimes difficult to wait, but in the end the results will be worth waiting for,” said Roma ISD School Board President Clarissa B. Alvarez. “What we are standing in front of here today is not just progress for Roma High and Roma ISD, but the community of Roma as a whole. As we grow our district and its trainings and offering, we grow the ability for our graduates to earn a living in the marketplace.”